Google has always wanted to be the center of the online universe. They’ve recently wanted to become the center of the offline world as well, but that’s a different story. Their latest move towards online domination comes at the price of its own users and they aren’t taking it very well.
YouTube has remained independent of Google proper for a long time. The switch to make them a full Google property started in 2011 when they started requiring Gmail accounts in order to access all of the features of YouTube. This was an annoyance but it was only the beginning to the bigger play which they just unveiled in the last month and a half.
Now, Google+ accounts are required in order to get the full scope of features, including commenting. If this surprises people, that’s because they didn’t understand the goals of the company. They aren’t interested in how funny your comments are. They’re only interested in your activities and the best way to
control monitor those activities is through their social network. Now, if you want to play, you have to pay in the form of personal tracking and data.
This makes many YouTube-only users unhappy. In essence, Google sucked them in and now it has failed them by forcing something onto something that they didn’t really want. Don’t expect Google to change it back, either. This is their path. It’s been their path since before Larry Page took over the day-to-day operations of the company. It’s not going to change any time soon.
According to Guardian Express:
For the first time in eight years, YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim has spoken out against Google’s updates to the website. Instead of uploading a video, Karim merely posted a passive aggressive question to his personal account:
“Why the **** do I need a Google+ account to comment on a video?”
Read More: Guardian Express